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Gynecean Hospital School of Nursing records


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing [Contact Us]Claire Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Floor 2U, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-4217

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The Gynecean Hospital in Philadelphia was founded by Dr. Charles Bingham Penrose and a group of like-minded individuals for medical and surgical treatment of diseases of women, including poor women, seen as patients in the Philadelphia Dispensary. It was incorporated on January 10, 1888. The hospital began in 2 small rooms in a private house, and by 1908 had 32 ward beds and 12 private rooms. The hospital merged with the University of Pennsylvania in 1939. The hospital was originally financed by private subscriptions and state aid. The Training School for Nurses of the Gynecean Hospital was a two year program entitling a student who graduated to take the State Board Examination.

Gift of the Alumni Association of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

The documents originated from the files of the Nurses Alumni Association of the School of Nursing of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. They were placed in an untitled ledger in alphabetical order under the first letter of the surname of the student. The ledger is in poor condition with nearly all the pages with notations detached from the binding. The pages from the book contained the a 4-page application form and details of the time spent in the Training School such as appearance, deportment, affiliation at other institutions, grades obtained from various subjects and status on departure from the School. Requests for information after graduation were tucked into the alphabetical page containing that student’s information. While most students were single, there are several instances of married women or widows applying for admission who are listed using “Mrs.” Those students who subsequently married are listed as [married name] after the entry. Not all students had pages of educational information or application forms. The pages of the ledger and all inserts were processed into acid-free folders in chronological order.

University of Pennsylvania: Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing
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Finding aid prepared by Center staff, updated by Donna Ostroff and added to Archivists Toolkit by Bethany Myers
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents note

This collection comprises 1 series. The records in this series were originally located in a Ledger, and subsequently removed and placed in acid-free folders. A description of the Ledger itself follows:

Written inside front cover:

Mrs. H. F. Herrman, 40.00 - 4 dresses 14 aprons Cuffs.

Written inside back cover: 2/26/18 Eneiman (10) 88 McCollum (2) 75 Farley (3) 90 Hanlund (4) 94 Hand (5) 91 Applegate (6) 75 Fessler (*) 77 Egner (9) 83

Med 1918

Original ledger.
Box 1 Folder 1
Bates, Isabelle R., admitted January 1916.
Box 1 Folder 2
Bolton, Sue R. B., admitted March 1914.
Box 1 Folder 3
Butcher, Kate, admitted no date.
Box 1 Folder 4
Deichert, Cora, admitted April 1918.
Box 1 Folder 5
Donaldson, Mary Elizabeth, admitted January 1910.
Box 1 Folder 6
Dowd, Mrs. Margaret [McKeown], admitted prior to 1909.
Box 1 Folder 7
Elsmere, Mary Egner, admitted December 1916.
Box 1 Folder 8
Fraatz, Irene E., admitted 1917.
Box 1 Folder 9
Graham, Margaret C. admitted February 1916.
Box 1 Folder 10
Hasskarl, Laura Ellen, admitted 1918.
Box 1 Folder 11
Havens, Margaret A., admitted 1914 ?.
Box 1 Folder 12
Helmbold, Louise A., admitted 1914.
Box 1 Folder 13
Hershberger, Mary E. admitted 1911.
Box 1 Folder 14
Hull, Josephine Marie, admitted December 1915.
Box 1 Folder 15
Keating, Gertrude Mary, admitted April 1917.
Box 1 Folder 16
Kester, Anna, admitted October 1917.
Box 1 Folder 17
Laurar, Mrs. Sadie, admitted September 1910.
Box 1 Folder 18
Lees, Christina Nelson, admitted March 1911.
Box 1 Folder 19
Malehorn, Adda, admitted April 1913.
Box 1 Folder 20
McCable, Emma, admitted October 1913.
Box 1 Folder 21
MacDonald, Mrs. Catherine E., 1914.
Box 1 Folder 22
Noblitt, Elva, graduated 1910.
Box 1 Folder 23
Ohl, Jessie, admitted 1914.
Box 1 Folder 24
Paine, Martha L. admitted January 1914.
Box 1 Folder 25
Peckens, Vida M. admitted December 1912.
Box 1 Folder 26
Petherick, Janet admitted January 1913.
Box 1 Folder 27
Schantz, Elsie S. admitted March 1917.
Box 1 Folder 28
Sheldon, May B. admitted February 1909.
Box 1 Folder 29
Smith, Isabelle, C., graduated April 1917.
Box 1 Folder 30
Stauffer, Mary F. L. admitted December 1910, graduated 1912.
Box 1 Folder 31
Walker, Mrs. Margaret Lindsey, admitted March 1915.
Box 1 Folder 32
Walton, Jesse Stockton, admitted September 1913.
Box 1 Folder 33
Whitehead, Harrier Aurand, admitted February 1918.
Box 1 Folder 34
Zimmerman, Anna B. (Hamm), admitted October 1917.
Box 1 Folder 35

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